“There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” Mr Trump said in his address.
“This is a humanitarian crisis – a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul,” he said, emphasizing that the federal government “remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.”
Mr Trump had spent days mulling declaring a state of emergency along the border that would have given him powers to bypass Congress, which has so far refused to fund the wall project, and draw funds from the military to build the border barrier.
Last week, he spoke with the Corporal Ronil Singh’s widow, Anamika Chand-Singh, and his colleagues at the Newman Police Department, praising his service and offering condolences. Gustavo Perez Arriaga has been arrested from a home in Kern County in California.